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A kalte nakht a nepldike finster umetum, shteyt a yingele fartroyert un kukt zikh arum. Fun regn shitst im nor a vant, a koshikl halt er in hant, un zayne oygn betn yedn shtum. Ikh hob shoyn nit keyn koyekh mer arumtsugeyn in gaz, hungerig un opgerizn fun dem regn naz. Ikh shlep arum zikh fun baginen, keyner git nisht tsu fardinen, ale lakhn, makhn fun mir shpaz. Kupitye koyft she, koyft she papirosn, trukene fun regn nisht fargozn. Koyft she bilik benemones, koyft un hot oyf mir rakhmones, ratevet fun hunger mikh atsind.. Kupitye koyft she shvebelakh antikn, dermit verd ir a yosiml derkvikn. Umzizt mayn shrayen un mayn loyfn, keyner vil bay mir nit koyfn, oysgeyn vel ikh muzn vi a hunt. Mayn tate in milkhome hot farloyrn zayne hent, mayn mame hot di tsores mer oyshaltn nisht gekent. Yung in keyver zi getribn, bin ikh oyf der velt farblibn, ungliklekh un elnt vi a shteyn. Breklekh klayb ikh oyf tsum ezn oyf dem kaltn mark, a harte bank iz mayn geleger in dem kaltn park. In dertsu di politziantn, shlog mikh shvern kantn, z4helft nit mayn betn, mayn geveyn. Ikh hob gehat a shvesterl, a kind fun der natur, mit mir tsusamen zikh geshlept hot zi a gants yor. Mit ir geven iz mir fil gringer, laykhter vern flegt der hunger, ven ikh fleg a kuk ton nor oyf ir. Mit amol gevorn iz zi shvakh un zeyer krank, oyf mayne hent iz zi geshtorbn oyf a gazn-bank. Un az ikh hob zi farloyrn, hob ikh alts ongevoyrn, zol der toyt shoyn kumen oykh tsu mir.
A cold night, a misty darkness swirls about A boy stands and sadly looks around Only a wall protects him from the rain He holds a little tray in his hand And his eye prays silently to each one that passes. Already I have no more strength to move around the street Hungry and bedraggled from the soaking rain I drag myself around from the day`s beginning Nobody wants my service They all laugh and make fun of me Ref:- Pile up and buy, Do you want to buy cigarettes? Dry, those that the rain forgot to wet Buy them cheap, believe me, Buy and have pity on me Save me from starvation Pile up and buy The best matches And luck will be always with you Forgive my futile shouting and my rambling on Nobody will buy anything from me In the end I`ll finish up like a dog. I had a little sister A child of nature We were always together And we travelled around for a whole year She made me feel on top of the world, Her laughter would fly away the hunger And when we were happy My only thoughts were for her. Then there came a time when she became weak And very ill. She died in my arms on a street bench And since I lost her, I have lost everthing May death come already soon to me. Refrain Repeat------
I first heard this song from a track by Tzipi Zarenkin and I liked it so much that I had to research it. The translation is mostly mine, but there are one or two words which I could not translate,e.g.`kosikl,benemones. I would appreciate a feedback for any mistakes that you find. A kosikl is a small basket. CORRECT : KOSHIK = small basket (in Ukrainian.) BENEMONES = I'm shure about it
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